WA’s first road and transport safety school officially opens today ready to teach primary school students vital road, bike and pedestrian safety skills to help combat WA’s tragic position as the state with the highest per capita road toll.
The Constable Care Safety School is a best-practice educational excursion destination that incorporates a scale replica town complete with fully functioning roads, traffic lights, railway and pedestrian crossings, even a train station and bus stop.
The new-evidence based centre gives WA’s youngest travellers the opportunity to encounter hazards in a safe, controlled environment. Using learning-through-play it brings key road safety messages out of the classroom and onto ‘the streets’.
“The Safety School is the very first road and transport safety school of its kind in WA and it is desperately needed,” said Constable Care Child Safety Foundation CEO David Gribble. “Few people realise that transport related injuries are one of the leading causes of death amongst young people under the age of 15. Compared to adults, children are more at risk of injury on the roads due to a range of developmental, environmental and physical factors.”
In an exciting world-first, children visiting the Safety School will use cutting-edge augmented reality software to engage with various road, bike and public transport hazards in a safe experiential learning environment.
“The use of gaming-style augmented reality will ensure that children retain messages that aren’t just engaging; they’re also potentially lifesaving,” said Mr Gribble. “The technology also allows hi-tech data collection to give teachers a real-time view of their students’ progress as they overcome the risks presented, with everything linked directly back to the school curriculum.”
“This is a very exciting initiative, both for road safety education in Western Australia and for our Foundation,” said Mr Gribble. “Constable Care has always worked towards providing tailored solutions towards keeping the young people of WA safe, and it’s exciting to see how modern pedagogy has evolved since we started out back in 1989, growing the field of safety education in ways we could have little imagined. I’m certain that a visit to the Safety School will be an experience that children will remember for years to come, as well as serving them well in their own day to day travels.”
A community fundraising project over two years secured the support of principal partners WA Department of Education, Arc Infrastructure (formerly Brookfield Rail), Quadrant Energy, Bendigo Bank Bayswater and Lotterywest. Other key stakeholders include School Drug Education and Road Aware, Transperth, Downermouchel, Jaxon Construction, Western Power and Main Roads WA.
The Constable Care Child Safety Foundation Safety School is now taking bookings for Term 4 2017. Opportunities are also available for volunteers to be part of the new iconic safety school. For more information go to www.cccsf.org.au or call 9272 0000.
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Diane Ainsworth – Marketing & Communications Manager
Constable Care Child Safety Foundation
9272 0006/0412000606 or email@example.com